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Accountability must to combat impunity in Myanmar: UN envoy

Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB) – UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy in Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener has said accountability is essential for combating impunity and genuine reconciliation in Myanmar. Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry has responded positively to her recommendation that it engages with United Nations human rights entities. Fragility, tensions and violence in Myanmar — including, but not limited to, the ... Read More »

Dhaka to take no new Burma refugees, seeks safe return

United Nations, Mar 1 (AP/UNB) — Bangladesh’s foreign secretary said Thursday his country will need to stop accepting more refugees from Myanmar and accused its government of being “obstructionist” about bringing back more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence. Myanmar, meanwhile, continued to insist it is taking steps toward their return. Its ambassador appealed for patience from ... Read More »

UN envoy for political solution to Rohingya crisis

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – UN Secretary General’s Humanitarian Envoy Dr Ahmed Al Meraikhi on Wednesday laid emphasis on working together to find a political solution to Rohingya crisis saying humanitarian aid or action is not the only solution. “I think it’s very important to have a political solution…we have to work together,” he told reporters at a press conference ... Read More »

Myanmar not upholding deal over Rohingya repatriation: PM

Dhaka, Feb 25 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Myanmar is not working as per its commitment with Bangladesh on the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine. The Prime Minister said this when US couple — Paul Connett and Ellen Connett — who received Bangladesh’s “Friends of Liberation War Honour” met her at her Jatiya Sangsad ... Read More »

PM urges expatriates to invest in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 26 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said Bangladesh expatriates can come up with their investment in the country’s 100 economic zones alongside foreign investors. “We’re setting up 100 economic zones. Not only the foreigners, but also our expatriates should invest there…we hope that as we’ve created scopes for the expatriates to make investment (in the ... Read More »

Unwanted people of Burma: Tropical Srebrenica in Pagoda land

By Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim Geneva, Feb 22 (IPS) – The massacre of Srebrenica will enter human history as one of our darkest chapters. From 11 to 22 July 1995, Bosnian Serb military forces massacred approximately 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks. It became the largest massacre committed on European soil since the end of the Second World War. In November ... Read More »

Rohingyas eating up much of Bangladesh forests: FM

Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) –Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said over 1.2 million Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar district of the country are eating up much of Bangladesh’s forests creating environmental disasters.  He, however, said Bangladesh has already been considered as a role model in the management of natural disasters and noted “tremendous success” the country achieved ... Read More »

Burma yet to create safe space for return of Rohingya: FM

Sylhet, Feb 23 (UNB) – Although Myanmar has agreed to take back eight lakh Rohingyas, it is yet to create a congenial atmosphere for their repatriation, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday. “Initiatives are underway to send back 8 lakh, out of the 12 lakh Rohingyas,” he said at a prize-giving ceremony at Mirabazar Model High School in ... Read More »

The hidden drama of domestic workers: Roma the movie

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) – Roma, a 2018 Mexican film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is currently on a triumphal journey through the world. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the best director and best foreign language film at the Golden Globe Awards, best director and best picture at the Critics´ Choice Awards, best film, best direction and best ... Read More »

600 thousand Rohingyas ‘exposed’ to cyclone risks: IFRC

Dhaka, Feb 18 (UNB) – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said an estimated 574,000 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya will face the coming cyclone seasons with only rotting bamboo and shredding plastic to protect them. After 18 months, it said, housing conditions have dramatically deteriorated, leaving people “worryingly exposed”. A Red Cross Red Crescent ... Read More »

Bahrain authorities trying to solve Bramco wages problem

Bahrain authorities have stepped in to resolve an ongoing unpaid wages row in a company, with labour officials handing over scores of passports back to the employees in the past week. Officials from both the Labour and Social Development Ministry and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) are reportedly stationed at the Bramco Group labour camp in Askar, making a ... Read More »

Hasina wants richer sections all over to fight climate change

Munich, Feb 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the ‘will’ of the richer segments of societies – everywhere – to act ambitiously against climate change as there are enormous amount of science, technology, innovation and finance  to address the problem. “Let me also say we’ve enormous amount of science – technology – innovation – finance to address ... Read More »

Child protection in Rohingya camps still a priority for JRP

Dhaka, Feb 16 (UNB) – As children face “serious protection risks”, including psychosocial distress, neglect, abuse, separation from caregivers, sexual violence, child marriage and labour, child protection system will remain a priority in Rohingya camps this year as well,  officials said. Rapid and effective humanitarian action under the leadership of the government of Bangladesh has saved many lives since August ... Read More »

Ensure Rohingyas’ basic rights, their repatriation: Dhaka

Dhaka, Feb 15 (UNB) – State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam has said the international community has a shared responsibility to help restore the Rohingyas’ fundamental rights and freedoms, including their right to return to Myanmar in safety and dignity. “By opening our borders to the persecuted Rohingya, Bangladesh has not only saved lives but also stabilized the ... Read More »

The hidden economic costs of displacement

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 2019 (IPS) – While the impacts of displacement on wellbeing are well-known, one group has pointed to the equally burdensome economic costs for those displaced as well as host communities. In a new report, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) examines the financial costs of internal displacement across major crises around the world, raising awareness of the importance of preventing ... Read More »

The migrants genocide: the banality of democracy

In 40 years from now what we define as the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe will be reported in history books as the migrants genocide. The migrants genocide of the early XXI century unveils the banality of democracy and its supposed norms, principles, values and institutions. The violence committed by non-democratic regimes could be explained by their intrinsic oppression. In periods ... Read More »

Dhaka wants safe zone in Rakhine for Rohingya repatriation

Dhaka, Feb 10 – Bangladesh has urged the world leaders to make an arrangement of safe zone in Rakhine state of Myanmar for the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya people as soon as possible. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday made the call to the world leaders to expedite the process of the repatriation of the Rohingya. He further said ... Read More »

India visit succeeds: Assurance on Rohingya, water sharing

Dhaka, Feb 9 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday expressed the hope that Bangladesh and India will gradually resolve the water-sharing issues of all common rivers, including the Teesta, as the two countries have already solved some big issues. “I’m always optimistic. Based on this optimism, we’ve developed a sense of confidence and sense of mutual ... Read More »

Chicken Pox outbreak infects 20000 in Rohingya camps

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 7 (UNB) – Around 20,000 Rohingya people in the Ukhia and Teknaf camps have been infected in an outbreak of chicken pox, a quite common disease of childhood in Bangladesh. “All of a sudden, chicken pox cropped in a few houses in Balukhali Camp, later it soon spread to 15 houses, creating panic among the camp dwellers,” ... Read More »

Angelina Jolie seeks sustained global support for Rohingyas

Dhaka, Feb 7 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has said the world must not turn away from the nearly 1 million Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Jolie, who left here early Thursday concluding her Bangladesh visit, also sought continued support for those who have been displaced, until the Myanmar authorities show the ... Read More »

UNHCR, WB together to ease Rohingya burden on Bd: Jolie

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Noting that it is one of the toughest tasks to feed and manage so many Rohingyas here, visiting UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Wednesday said the UN Refugee Agency and the World Bank will work together to reduce the burden on Bangladesh. She made the remarks when she met Prime ... Read More »

Show genuine will to end displacement in Rakhine: Jolie

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 5 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on Tuesday urged the Myanmar authorities to show the genuine commitment to end the cycle of violence, displacement, and improve the conditions for all communities in Rakhine State, including Rohingyas. She made the call while briefing media here after meeting Rohingyas and visiting Kutupalong Rohingya ... Read More »

Why border walls don’t stop migration

President Trump has long called migration a security crisis, but in recent weeks he has also referred to the situation along the southern border as a humanitarian crisis. As he ended the government shutdown in a televised speech on January 25th, Trump reiterated his claim that a border wall between the United States and Mexico would save the lives of ... Read More »

Angelina Jolie in Cox’s Bazar to assess needs of Rohingyas

Cox’s Bazar, Feb 4 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrived here on Monday morning to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingyas. During her three-day mission in the district, she will also assess some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country, according to UNHCR.  Bangladesh is now hosting nearly 1.3 million ... Read More »

Compatriots forced Bd women domestic help into illicit work

Bahrain, Feb 01 – Two pimps who locked a woman in apartments for three months and forced her to have sex with multiple men have been jailed for 10 years each. The Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 44, were convicted by the High Criminal Court yesterday of holding their victim captive, forcing her into prostitution, human trafficking, torture and rape. ... Read More »

Free visa, illegal hiring behind rising worker accidents

Bahrain, Sunday, Feb 2 – Illegal hiring of workers and employing free-visa labourers are major challenges facing authorities trying to curb accidents at work sites, according to a top official. A number of companies bring in workers on daily wages at construction sites, without providing them with proper contracts and/or safety equipment, said Labour and Social Development Ministry occupation safety ... Read More »

Angelina Jolie plans to visit Rohingya camp

Dhaka, Feb 3 (UNB) – UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has planned to visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district this week to see the situation on the ground and meet Rohingya people. She is likely to arrive here on Sunday night and visit Cox’s Bazar on Monday and Wednesday, said a diplomatic source indicating that there ... Read More »

The Marrakech Compact on Migration: Myths & realities

BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 29 2019 (IPS) – When 164 UN member states adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (the Marrakech Compact on Migration) on 10 December last year, I read on social media that they had decided to give up control over migration to the UN. So, did that mean, as someone who works on migration ... Read More »

Dhaka seeks Beijing’s strong support on Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought China’s “strong support” so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving Rohingya crisis as Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return for Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said it is ... Read More »